FAIRFIELD — The trophy is staying on Washington Street.
Jeffrie Brown rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns and caught a TD pass from D’Mario Johnson, who threw two scores, as the Armijo High football team rolled to a 48-20 victory at Schaefer Stadium, Friday.
“It really lifts the kids spirits,” said Indians coach Karl Finley shortly after being handed the Intra-City Trophy, which goes to the winner of the annual rivalry game, by Armijo Principal Eric Tretten in a brief but joyous postgame ceremony. “Every game, they’ve played hard. We had some good breaks.”
Most of them big runs through the Fairfield defense – the Indians rushed for 368 yards – while limiting the Falcons to 64 yards on the ground and just offensive 39 plays.
“Armijo physically dominated the offensive and defensive lines,” Fairfield coach David Fishleigh said, “and that was the big difference in the game. My hat’s off to them. They played well.”
Armijo (1-4) tied its record for most points against Fairfield set in last year’s 48-24 victory.
The 28-point margin of victory was Armijo’s most against the Falcons since a 36-0 shutout in 1978.
Yet the first break – and really the only Armijo miscue of the night – went Fairfield’s way.
A long snap sailed to the right of Armijo punter Wyatt Greives, giving the Falcons’ Dammoni Quinney enough time to get a hand on the punt, sending it nearly straight up and into the arms of Marcus Blanton – ironically, Fairfield’s punter – who hauled it in and rambled 32 yards for a touchdown.
The first of Hector Avila’s two conversion kicks made it 7-0 with 9 minutes, 52 seconds to go in the first quarter.
The Indians responded by doing what they do best – put together a time-consuming drive – capped by a twist.
Facing a third-and-11 from the Fairfield 12, Johnson rolled to his right and found a wide open Brown in the middle of the end zone. The drive went 74 yards in nine plays.
The first of Greives’ six conversions tied the score at 7-7.
Armijo took the lead for good at 14-7 on another long march, going 60 yards in 10 plays with Johnson following his surging offensive line up the middle from 3 yards on on fourth-and-goal with 5:32 to go in the first half.
After a three-and-out by the Falcons, the Indians essentially took control by going 46 yards on nine plays with Johnson hitting a wide open Ohajai Murray with a 3-yard strike with 8 seconds left to make it 20-7 at halftime.
Fairfield (2-3) had to punt on its first possession of the second half and the Indians needed just four plays to score again, Brown taking a pitch the final 30 yards up the middle.
Fairfield countered with a 65-yards screen pass from Michael Arredondo to Eric Clark on its next offensive to play to cut the deficit to 27-13.
But Armijo smothered any hope for the home team with a suffocating 12-play, 72-yard sojourn with Trevor Finley going the final 3 yards on a pitch to the right.
The Indians needed just two plays to score again, Brown taking an inside handoff from Jacob Maher and racing 59 yards for a touchdown to make it 41-13 on the first play of the fourth quarter.
After Keelyn Jones intercepted an Arredondo pass, the Indians scored their final final points on an 11-yard run by Johnson.
Fairfield tacked on an 8-yard TD pass from Arredondo to Eric Posey with 6:41 left in the game.
“We had no turnovers today, that was the biggest advantage,” Finley said. “The kids didn’t turn the ball over.”
And Brown ran wild. His 205 yards on 20 bruising carries was the most by an Indians’ rusher since Malachi Kuidis had 216 against Hogan in 2009.
Johnson’s passing and running were also deadly to the Falcons. He threw just seven times, but complete four for 48 yards and the two crucial early touchdowns.
The Indians open Monticello Empire League play by hosting Wood, while Fairfield entertains Benicia to begin its Solano County Athletic Conference schedule.
Both are homecoming games.
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